State of Florida
Tallahassee, Florida, US
Jun 26, 2021
Jul 24, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Requisition No: 405882

Agency: Environmental Protection


Position Number: 37020750

Salary: $40,948.18

Posting Closing Date: 07/22/2021

Environmental Specialist III - 37020750

State of Florida

Department of Environmental Protection

Open Competitive Opportunity

Our Organization and Mission:

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is the state's lead agency for environmental management and stewardship - protecting our air, water and land. The vision of DEP is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida's natural resources and enhance its ecosystem.

The Work You Will Do:

The Environmental Specialist will be working in the Submerged Lands & Environmental Resources Coordination (SLERC) Program. The SLERC Program is responsible for the consistent implementation of the State 404 and Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP) programs statewide.

The ERP Program regulates activities in, on or over surface waters or wetlands, as well as any activity involving the alteration of surface water flows. The State 404 Program regulates dredge and fill activities under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The incumbent would be responsible for developing and assisting with the development of rules, procedures, guidance and training materials/presentations for Department and Water Management District staff for regulatory and proprietary rules/statutes regarding the ERP and State 404 Program process. The incumbent will also work to identify improvements and consistency initiatives that can be implemented within the Program.

Routine travel is required to training sites, meetings, and conferences. Field evaluations will take place under all types of weather conditions and may involve traversing rough terrain .

The Difference You Will Make:

The Environmental Specialist works with department staff to ensure projects meet the agencies strict environmental standards protecting wetlands and water quality. The Environmental Specialist also works with managers to plan and prioritize activities and projects in line with DEP's strategic objectives and find integrated solutions on a variety of organizational challenges.

How You Will Grow:

DEP encourages its leaders to constantly innovate and seek efficiencies. We believe in supporting and encouraging you as you take on important and often complex projects while offering you the opportunity to gain valuable experience quickly.

Where You Will Work:

Tallahassee, Florida's Capitol City, lined with rolling hills, oak trees, and canopied roads combines old world charm with a modern pace of life. Home to two major universities as well as state government, Tallahassee is a mid-sized city in the heart of Florida's Big Bend. Boasting proximity to the coast and centrally located to popular tourist destinations, Tallahassee is a highly desirable location for both those seeking their first job or those ready to enter the next exciting chapter in their career.

The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:
  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions (For more information, please click www.myfrs.com);
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!

For a more complete list of benefits, visit www.mybenefits.myflorida.com.


$40,948.18 (Annual Salary)

Your Specific Responsibilities:
  • Implements the State 404 and Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP) regulatory training programs conducted by the Submerged Lands and Environmental Resource Coordination Program, especially those implemented under the authorities of Chapters 403 and 373, F.S., including the rules of the Department and the water management districts adopted thereunder.
  • Attends meetings, workshops, and conferences to develop and provide training related to the State 404 and ERP Programs.
  • Provides guidance and technical assistance to district staff and the general public in the form of written and oral communication, and reviews and comments on various issues affecting the regulatory programs implemented by the Program.
  • Assists with the development and review of rules and legislation related to the statewide regulatory programs implemented by the Program.
  • Assists with the development of public education materials and presentations related to the Program's regulatory responsibilities.
  • Assists with field evaluations and application reviews and wetland delineation lines when needed.
  • Assists in ensuring programmatic consistency amongst the Department's district offices, water management districts, and local delegated counties.
  • Establishes and maintains positive and productive working relationships with agency colleagues as well as water management district staff.
  • Works as the lead compliance/enforcement staff member of the program.
  • Provides guidance on rule implementation regarding compliance and enforcement actions.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of physical and natural sciences relative to environmental resources and water quality
  • Knowledge of rules and statutes governing the regulatory and proprietary programs
  • Knowledge of computers and the Microsoft suite of applications
  • Knowledge of training techniques and principles
  • Possess effective verbal and written communication techniques
  • Skilled at organization and good communication
  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to provide effective presentations to the public and staff
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise and articulate procedures, rules, letters and presentation materials
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and the public
  • Ability to work independently, collect, analyze and synthesize scientific and technical data
  • Ability to understand and apply rules, directives, policies and procedures
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to travel as needed to perform training, participate in meetings and attend conferences
  • Ability to maintain a valid driver's license

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's or advanced degree in physical or natural sciences relative to environmental and wetland resources .
  • Minimum of three years of professional experience in the field of environmental regulation, environmental or land management, habitat restoration, or biological sciences. Advanced degree(s) can substitute for some years of experience.
  • Valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Minimum of three years of experience related to the Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP) Program (permitting, compliance, enforcement and state lands) or similar state or Federal dredge and fill program experience.
  • Experience with Florida's Delineation of the Landward Extent of Wetlands and Surface Waters rule, Chapter 62-340, Florida Administrative Code.
  • Experience with Florida's Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method rule, Chapter 62-345, Florida Administrative Code.
  • Experience with the rules and statutes governing the State's regulatory and proprietary programs.
  • Ability to represent the Department and provide public outreach.
  • Ability to provide effective presentations to staff and the public.
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise, and articulate procedures, rules, letters, and presentation materials.
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Possess excellent organization and coordination skills.
  • Possess good training techniques and principles.
  • Possess analytical capabilities.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and the public.
  • Ability to collect, analyze, and synthesize scientific and technical data.
  • Ability to understand and apply rules, directives, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and deadlines.
  • Ability to be detail oriented.
  • Ability to travel as needed to perform training, participate in meetings, and give presentations.
  • Experience with GIS and Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point.

Contact Information:

Tim Rach, Program Administrator

Submerged Lands & Environmental Resources Coordinator


DEP is committed to successfully recruiting and onboarding talented and skilled individuals into its workforce. We recognize the extensive training, experience, and transferrable skills that veterans and individuals with disabilities bring to the workforce. Veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact our recruiter for guidance and answers to questions through the following email addresses:



The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE. Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans' Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. Veterans' Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here. All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.

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